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Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 02:28 AM
Replies: 3
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Posted By Diana
Why do both acid and alkaline buffers? I...

Why do both acid and alkaline buffers?

I just use Equilibrium to the appropriate GH for the fish, then make the KH match by adding potassium bicarbonate.

Anyway, keymastr has the 'solution'...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 12:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 91
Posted By Diana
So take one of the stones out and put it in a...

So take one of the stones out and put it in a glass of water all by itself, and see what happens over a few days to a week.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 12:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 415
Posted By Diana
Really fast, then.

Really fast, then.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters Yesterday, 12:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 161
Posted By Diana
Do a major water change to bring the nitrites...

Do a major water change to bring the nitrites under 5 ppm, and if you do 100% water change (or close to it) that is just fine.

Make the water harder. The bacteria need the minerals, especially...
Forum: Fish 07-29-2015, 01:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 205
Posted By Diana
1) Any method that creates ripples at the surface...

1) Any method that creates ripples at the surface will add more oxygen. This is increasing the surface area of air-water, and this is where gas exchange happens. Then it blends this water into the...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-29-2015, 01:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 415
Posted By Diana
How many DIY bottles are you running on the 30...

How many DIY bottles are you running on the 30 gallon tank? They are not usually very productive, and it might not be a problem just to let them run through the night. On a 10 gallon, I would think...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-29-2015, 01:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 213
Posted By Diana
As for the original question: Nitrogen in...

As for the original question:

Nitrogen in any of several forms is used by a lot of different organisms.
If the tank has a small or weak population then NO3 can be fairly stable, and linger for a...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-29-2015, 01:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 195
Posted By Diana
Test the tap water and read the water quality...

Test the tap water and read the water quality report from the water company.

Set up a Rubbermaid Brute (there is a 32 gallon or a 44 gallon version) with a filter that will hold whatever media...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-28-2015, 04:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 484
Posted By Diana
From...

From https://microbewiki.kenyon.edu/index.php/Nitrospira



These are slow growing organisms.
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-27-2015, 11:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 538
Posted By Diana
If it is drilled, keep it that way, and run a...

If it is drilled, keep it that way, and run a sump.
Forum: Algae 07-27-2015, 11:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 186
Posted By Diana
Green water algae may be contributing to the high...

Green water algae may be contributing to the high pH- What time of day are you testing? pH will be quite high in the mid afternoon when the plants or algae are all photosynthesizing at the maximum...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-27-2015, 11:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 415
Posted By Diana
nitrifying bacteria prefer harder, alkaline...

nitrifying bacteria prefer harder, alkaline water. I do not know if it is actually a pH issue, I do know they use the carbon from carbonates.

CO2 is not helping the plants at night. You should...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-27-2015, 11:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 469
Posted By Diana
I would not bother trying to add any ammonia or...

I would not bother trying to add any ammonia or anything to check it. The soil has slowed its production, and the bacteria have grown to handle the amount the soil is still producing. Go ahead and...
Forum: Low Tech Forum 07-27-2015, 07:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 171
Posted By Diana
8 gallons or so is so small it is easy to take it...

8 gallons or so is so small it is easy to take it apart, treat all the parts to kill and clean up algae, prune unsightly leaves, and reset it all.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-27-2015, 07:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 415
Posted By Diana
Here is the fishless cycle, including some...

Here is the fishless cycle, including some recommendations about boosting the population to jump start the cycle.
Cycle: To grow the beneficial bacteria that remove ammonia and nitrite from the...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-27-2015, 07:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 405
Posted By Diana
A feeding ring could be the answer. How...

A feeding ring could be the answer.

How about setting a timer so there is a reminder to turn the filter back on?
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion 07-27-2015, 07:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 484
Posted By Diana
If you need to boost the bacteria population, the...

If you need to boost the bacteria population, the correct species of nitrifying bacteria will be found in products with Nitrospira species of bacteria.
Tetra Safe Start
Dr. Tim's One and Only
and...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-27-2015, 05:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 147
Posted By Diana
2-5 ppm ammonia is WAY too high, especially when...

2-5 ppm ammonia is WAY too high, especially when the pH is so high. Most of the ammonia is in the more toxic form.

Go get a bacterial supplement that includes Nitrospira species of bacteria. Do...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-27-2015, 03:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 220
Posted By Diana
Heterotrophic bacteria are not bad. They will...

Heterotrophic bacteria are not bad. They will self-regulate their population:
When food is gone (they ate it all) they will die back to suit the available food, and usually stay among the substrate,...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-27-2015, 03:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 147
Posted By Diana
pH 8.2 is a little on the high side, but more...

pH 8.2 is a little on the high side, but more important is why is the tap water only 7, but it goes so high in the aquarium.

Is there still any ammonia? This will raise the pH.

Are you adding...
Forum: Fish 07-27-2015, 02:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 248
Posted By Diana
That works well, for me. 1) Colors the...

That works well, for me.

1) Colors the silicon.
2) Do not use Amquel or Amquel Plus as a dechlor while using this. Read the label on your dechlor- Amquel specifically states not to use it with...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-27-2015, 02:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 116
Posted By Diana
Probably just fine.

Probably just fine.
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-27-2015, 02:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 401
Posted By Diana
pH charts are accurate when carbonates are the...

pH charts are accurate when carbonates are the only other thing affecting the pH.
If there is peat moss, or anything else in the water then the KH/pH/CO2 charts will be wrong.
...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-27-2015, 01:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 220
Posted By Diana
Did you test any of the parameters before you...

Did you test any of the parameters before you turned the filter on?

Rising ammonia might cloud the water, pH altering materials can cloud the water. I don't think it is a problem with pH altering...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters 07-27-2015, 01:38 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 106
Posted By Diana
I think you would be fine to use Borneo Wild GH...

I think you would be fine to use Borneo Wild GH Up and Potassium bicarbonate to target the parameters you want.
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